Paul Dawson, Bradley Headlam & Julie Andrews
Exams have been completed and I would like to congratulate all students for the professional way in which they prepared and participated in these major assessment tasks. It was a great opportunity for them to gain an understanding of the preparation and discipline required to gain a successful outcome in their exams. With the emphasis placed on exam assessment in Year 12, it is important that students develop the skills to achieve their best results in exams.
Grade 6 to Year 7 Transition
It was fantastic to meet our 2021 Year 7 students on Tuesday, 8 December, for the single day Orientation Program. The reduced program included class based activities and school familiarisation, so that we can best support students to prepare for their start at Secondary School. More orientation activities will take place at the start of the 2021 school year.
Thanks to all students who have now submitted their booklists. It will make for a smoother beginning to 2021 and students will begin the year without the stress of not having their key learning materials. All booklists are due online at www.campion.com.au or return to the school by Monday, 14 December. Any further booklist orders need to be submitted directly to Campion. Their address is 36 Little Myers Street, Geelong.
Orders can be delivered to your home for a fee or can be picked up on Thursday, 21 January, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, from the school. It is important that students have the required textbooks for school to ensure that their learning is not affected in the classroom or at home.
Oxford (Years 7, 8 and 9)
The students will utilise the Oxford online books for all of their core subjects in Year 7, 8 and 9. These will be uploaded to the students in January and parents/guardians will be able to pay for these books to the NGSC office during Term 1.
Students will receive their reports early next week. They need to sit down with their parents/guardians and set themselves goals for the 2021 school year. Focus on areas that need improvement and strengths that can be developed further. Reports need to be utilised as a feedback tool and as a valuable source of information to ensure improvement occurs.
Monday, 14 December - Award Presentation Day will be held at school from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Due to COVID restrictions we can only accommodate the students who are receiving awards and staff. A live stream of the event will be available. A link will be shared via Compass on Monday morning. Families are being notified by the relevant sub schools if their child is to receive an award.
- 21 January, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – Collection of books from NGSC
- Thursday, 28 January - Years 7,11 and 12 start school
- Friday, 29 January - all students at school
This is a reminder that over the break family discussion might result in some questions around your child’s subjects and pathways. Things can change, we are aware of this and hence permit changes up until the end of the first week of school. All subject changes must be accompanied with some pathway justification and parent sign off. Please be mindful, however, that there is limited flexibility with choice as many of the classes from Years 9 to 11 are quite full. Therefore, there aren’t any guarantees.
2020 is synonymous with great vision, ironically we did not see 2020 coming this year! As we press towards Christmas and celebrate independent student achievement in tumultuous scenarios, it is exciting to consider what is ahead for our school community. Recently, we went through a School Review and many members of our community contributed to giving feedback which shaped our future goals. This has highlighted a number of excellent achievements as well. One area of focus is to extend the Student Voice and Learner Agency. Currently we have an array of avenues for students to speak up and provide their voice to elicit change or action. We were reminded of this during a Self Defence activity when at the end of the activity one of the quieter students spoke up. She asked to include Self Defence in the program. She had been empowered by the activity and then also by speaking up. The goal going forward is now to hear it and enact some change that enables students to participate in such an activity. As if that was not enough, the two to three “Hiiii YAAAH!” demonstrations down the corridor that I heard from my office were a good reminder also.
Further to this, our students highlighted that they want more opportunities to see the data from the Student Surveys. We will provide this opportunity to classes early in 2021.
Students participating in End of Year Activities: Self Defence with Amelia from Art of Defence Australia.